(CNN Student News) -- May 13, 2010
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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: My name is Carl Azuz; you're tuned in to CNN Student News! Today, we are heading to Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Michigan. But we're gonna start things off in Northern Africa.
First Up: Libya Plane Crash
AZUZ: It's where you'll find the nation of Libya, right there on the Mediterranean Sea. Officials in the capital city of Tripoli are trying to figure out what happened to a plane that crashed in Libya early yesterday morning. The Afriqiyah Airways flight went down as it was coming in for a landing in Tripoli. It was the end of a nine-hour flight that started in South Africa. Most of the passengers were scheduled to head on to different parts of Europe. There were more than a hundred people on board the plane, including passengers and crew. Most of them died in the crash. But incredibly, one person did survive. It's a boy who reports said was around 8 years old. He was taken directly to a hospital for surgery yesterday. One official called his survival a miracle.
AZUZ: In the U.S. capital, a pair of world leaders say that their countries are gonna stick together for the long haul. We're talking about President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. They met at the White House yesterday to talk about their combined efforts in Afghanistan. There's been some tension between the two countries recently, some of it very public tension. But the presidents say that the relationship between their nations is fine.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: With respect to perceived tensions between the U.S. government and the Afghan government, let me begin by saying a lot of them were simply overstated.
HAMID KARZAI, AFGHAN PRESIDENT: The bottom line is that we are much more strongly related to each other today than we ever were before in this relationship. And that is a good message that I will take back to the Afghan people.
AZUZ: The latest idea from BP to try and stop that oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is ready to be put in place. You're seeing that leak in these pictures. The new idea is called a "top hat." It's a smaller version of the containment dome that BP tried already. You might remember the dome didn't work because crystals formed inside of it and caused problems; in fact, they caused it to float. The "top hat" has some features that are designed to stop those crystals from forming. BP says the device should be in place by the end of this week. So far, more than 4 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf. Reynolds Wolf looks at some of the economic impact that has happened.
JENNIFER JENKINS, MANAGER, CRYSTAL SEAS OYSTERS: This is our cooler, and this is everything we've got.
REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Now, on a normal day, how full would this room be?
JENKINS: It would be full.
WOLF: So, with the shucking line, these processing stations and this machine would be flash freezing thousands of oysters each day. So, I guess your average day you have about 120 people in here, shoulder to shoulder, all working like crazy, like mad? I'm sure it's loud as can be, isn't it?
JENKINS: It is very loud. You can't even hear yourself think.
WOLF: And now, silence. Virtually all the Gulf fishing grounds are closed for business. Jennifer Jenkins said goodbye to half her employees this week; 60 hard workers, some she considered family. That's got to be tough.
JENKINS: You just kind of explain to them what's been happening as best as you can.
WOLF: All the more frustrating, this year's catch was one of their best since Katrina. Crystal Seas Oysters was sailing smoothly through the recession. Now, just snapshots of better days.
Ever wonder what a four-month supply of oyster shells looks like? Take a look at this. It's huge, tons of shells. But unfortunately, production has now come to a screeching halt. And some of the last off the line was the Half Shell Oyster House in Gulfport.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People love them oysters. They love them.
BOB TAYLOR, OWNER, HALF SHELL OYSTER HOUSE: That's what we eat. That's what tourists come here to eat. My restaurant, 75 percent of the menu is seafood.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just sit right there and just gobble up the oysters as fast as I can shuck them.
WOLF: While the supply of oysters is just quickly dwindling, there's no shortage of frustration for those responsible.
JENKINS: It appears that they, they could also regulate themselves a little better from ruining a whole coastline, because they'll probably walk away from it in much better shape than we all will.
AZUZ: Moving up to Michigan, where the mayor of Detroit has a goal: 450 houses in the next 45 days. But he's not looking to build houses. Those 450 homes are set to be torn down! They're vacant, abandoned. In fact, there are more than 30,000 vacant homes all over Detroit. And the plan is to use stimulus money, funds from the federal government, to tear down about 6,000 of those homes over the next two years. That demolition process has begun. Its goal is to get rid of the vacant homes and put up better housing. Supporters argue it'll help save money for local governments. But it's also going to force some people to have to move. For example, if someone lives near a bunch of vacant homes, their house might be targeted for demolition, too. And some of the homes have been in families for generations, so it's no surprise some people are upset over that. More than 600 houses have been torn down since the start of this year.
MATT CHERRY, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to Ms. Laffey's writing class at Yorkville Middle School in Yorkville, Illinois! What is the more common term for your curriculum vitae? You know what to do! Is it your: A) Syllabus, B) Pancreas, C) Resume or D) Nervous system? You've got three seconds -- GO! Your curriculum vitae is a list of your training and career; in other words, your resume. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
AZUZ: Most people list their college on their curriculum vitae. Now, one school in New England is returning the favor, posting student resumes up where everyone can see them. The goal of that is to try to help graduates get hired. Rob Poindexter of affiliate WABI gets to work on the details.
ROB POINDEXTER, WABI REPORTER: In the good old days, college graduates had to mail a resume to a prospective employer and wait weeks to hear back. Not anymore. If you're a graduate of the New England School of Communications, prospective employers can see what you can do with the simple click of a mouse. It's their new website called "Hire Me."
BILL DEVINE, NESCOM DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES: "Hire Me" is our mechanism for helping our graduating students seek employment.
POINDEXTER: It's a user-friendly website designed for employers to find the NESCOM graduates who have the exact skills they're looking for, simply by typing the desired skills in a search engine.
DEVINE: If that's photoshop, network conferencing, video conferencing, whatever the case may be, audio setup and mixing, and up will pop the candidates that have those keywords associated with their resumes.
POINDEXTER: Not only can employers see the candidates, but in some cases, they can actually watch those candidates in action.
UNIDENTIFIED NESCOM STUDENT: Coming up on NESCOM Connection, we'll be examining some aspects of the national economy and how it hits home for Mainers.
POINDEXTER: Melissa Antononi will receive her degree in video production this Saturday.
MELISSA ANTONONI, NESCOM SENIOR: I think a lot of people see it as something extra, something to help us. I mean, we're not the only ones going into this field.
MIKE GRADSKI, NESCOM SENIOR: I'm happy with it. My name's out there; I've got a demo reel out there and a resume. I'm hoping to hear from some employer that's looking around.
POINDEXTER: Devine says as far as he knows, no other college or university has a website like "Hire Me," which gives NESCOM graduates a huge advantage entering a still fragile job market.
KIMBERLY HARNOLD, CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL, GEORGIA: The love for kids, the love for kids. I've always wanted to teach since 6th grade. I've been teaching for 11 years, so I just really love what I do.
FARRAH BEAUDRY, SOCASTEE HIGH SCHOOL, SOUTH CAROLINA: I have to say that my kids keep me motivated. They're my heart. They're where I put my time.
TAMMY LEE, CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL, GEORGIA: Beyond anything else, when the money's out, we still have to educate our children.
WILLIAM WHALEY, JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL, OHIO: I actually just found out a couple weeks ago that I was getting laid off for next year. So, the first thing I told my kids is, "Listen, I'm getting paid right now, I'm getting paid all summer. Everything I'm doing right now, I could just sit behind my desk and mail it in, but this is all for you."
AZUZ: Some moving answers there to a very simple question we asked: why teach? Thousands of educators, like the ones you just heard from, are facing layoffs. Teachers, we'd like to know: Why do you do it? What drives you, what motivates you, what inspires you? We'd love to hear your thoughts, maybe share them on our show. Go to the Spotlight section on our home page, CNNStudentNews.com. Click on the iReport link. And when you get there, click the "share your story" button. We can't wait to hear what you have to say.
Before We Go
AZUZ: Well, before we go, the new big man on campus might just be the smallest guy there. Alex is 11 years old. Should be in 6th grade, studying algebra and life science. But he says that's not really a challenge. So, he's skipping ahead a few years to college! 11 years old in college! He enrolled at a local university in Kansas. But he's taking a pretty light course load this first semester: calculus, chemistry, biology. Yeah, we're being sarcastic when we say he's a slacker.
AZUZ: Actually, we're just kinda jealous. I mean, can you imagine us challenging Alex to a trivia contest? We would totally get schooled! For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz. We'll see you later.